North Bourke Bridge

Overview

North Bourke Bridge is Australia's oldest movable span bridge. This bridge is one of the most historic bridges in New South Wales. Opened on 4 May 1883, it is the sole survivor of the first two lift bridges built in New South Wales.

The North Bourke Bridge was designed and constructed at the height of the River Trade era when the principal mode of transport for Western NSW and the Riverina District was some 200 paddle steamer-barge combinations operating the Murray-Darling River system.

Despite its one-lane and speed-limiting effects on road transport, it was a 'gateway' structure for the inland districts of Northwest NSW for over 100 years.

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